The Hospitalist Service at New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) is designed to assist community-based primary care physicians with total inpatient care management. Our team includes five internal medicine physicians who, on a rotating basis, are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These physicians work exclusively in the hospital and have no private practice activity. After discharge, the patient is returned to his/her referring physician.
The Hospitalist Service provides a high level of communication,
confidence and service for physicians who rely upon it. Each referring
physician has the opportunity to customize the level of support to meet
the needs of his/her patient and practice.
Within 24 hours of admission, the Hospitalist caring for your patient will provide you with a verbal updated history and physical, along with any changes or additions to the admission problem list- based on early evaluation and test results.
Throughout your patient’s hospitalization, the assigned Hospitalist physician will apprise you of any significant changes in condition, and will do so in real time. He or she will also provide updates on test results and procedures. The Hospitalist will notify you of your patient’s pending discharge and will discuss the course of hospitalization, expected discharge disposition, and instructions for followup with you, prior to writing the patient’s discharge order.
When your patient is ready for discharge, the Hospitalist will provide the patient and/or family with a complete set of discharge instructions, including how/when to follow up with you. Communication between a Hospitalist and your patient and their family emphasizes that when the patient is discharged, they are expected to return to your care. You will receive a written discharge summary within 48 hours that includes the patient’s course of treatment, test results, a discharge medication list, and recommendations given to the patient for a post discharge visit with you.
Each Hospitalist assumes responsibility for communication with the patient and family during the hospitalization. This gives all parties timely access to information about the treatment plan and the patient’s condition. You and your practice staff can stay informed and supportive – but without having to seek frequent updates. However, you can contact the Hospitalist at any time during your patient’s stay.
How do I contact a Hospitalist? How do I admit my Patient?
Community-based physicians can take advantage of the program by making one phone call to 1-800-253-6076 at any time during the day, night, weekend or on holiday. A Hospitalist Service representative, will connect you directly to the Hospitalist on duty. The Hospitalist will obtain a brief history and current problem list from you, as well as your preferences for consulting specialists, should there be a need.
The Hospitalist Service accepts almost all insurances, including Medicaid.